The previous mayor of a Florida city — who was arrested final month after allegedly opening fireplace on deputies who had been making an attempt to serve a search warrant at his residence — is dealing with new expenses after being accused of conspiring with the city’s performing mayor to intrude with the lively legal investigation towards him.
Former Port Richey Mayor Dale Glen Massad, 68, was re-arrested Wednesday after police stated he and Terrance Rowe, 64, conspired to intimidate a metropolis police officer concerned in Massad’s Feb. 21 arrest.
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The Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement stated it acquired data the 2 males had mentioned methods to intimidate a Port Richey police officer throughout a recorded cellphone name in March on the Pasco County Jail.
“I do not know why, however he’s in on all the things,” Massad stated of the officer, in reference to his arrest, the Tampa Bay Instances reported, citing the FDLE.
“I am on it,” Rowe replied.
When Massad stated something Rowe might do can be “good,” Rowe replied: “You realize, this does not go down with out any person answering for it.”
Massad is now dealing with expenses of legal try, solicitation or conspiracy and utilizing a two-way communication machine as a part of a criminal offense.
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In the meantime, Rowe was arrested on expenses of obstructing justice, conspiring to impede justice and utilizing a two-way communication machine as a part of the crime.
“It is a huge piece of the previous case which remains to be lively and on-going,” FDLE particular Agent Mark Brutnell advised FOX 13. “What I can say about that is in the event you’re not a witness or a topic of any legal investigation please do not inject or insert your self into one.”
Massad’s authorized group is scheduled to look in court docket Thursday for the fees associated to his February arrest. He isn’t anticipated to look in court docket, the Tampa Bay Instances reported.
Massad was arrested final month after authorities stated he fired at a Pasco County Sheriff’s Workplace SWAT group that had gone to his home to serve a warrant associated to allegations he was nonetheless working towards drugs regardless of having his medical license revoked greater than 27 years in the past.
Nobody was harm within the barrage of bullets and Massad surrendered to police, officers stated. He was held on the Pasco County Jail with out bail.
“He’s fortunate he’s not lifeless,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco stated after the arrest. “Daily these members put their lives on the road. They’re fortunate to go residence.”
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Port Richey is a city of two,800 about 40 miles north of Tampa on the Gulf Coast. Massad was elected mayor in 2015 and served on the town council from 2000 to 2008.
Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended Massad from workplace and Rowe – who on the time was the vice-mayor – was named the performing mayor.
Rowe paid a $15,000 bond Thursday morning.